Yet another version to making homemade garlic bread is to just use any crusty bread, spread garlic butter on top of it, and toast them in an oven. How to make garlic butter? Follow the steps here.
This garlic butter can now be used as a spread on slices of French or Italian bread. Don’t worry if there are any leftovers because you can keep it in the fridge and use it later.
Garlic Bread: The Origin Story
Now, where did garlic bread really come from?
Well, as with many food origin stories, there is some debate as to how garlic bread came about. One theory is that it originated from Persia around 500 BC. The story is that the invention was the brainchild of Persian soldiers, who were also bakers.
Basis for this theory is the same one that claims the earliest pizzas were created, and eaten, by the Persian army in the 5th or 6th century.
Another more popular theory is that garlic bread is a modified version of the traditional bruschetta [brus-ket-ta] brought to the United States by Italian immigrants.
Well, whichever of the stories may be the true origin of this delicious bread, the fact is garlic has been cultivated in southern Europe for millennia. Although considered to be a native plant from the Central and South Asia, as well as southwestern Siberia, oldest recorded history of the crop was found in Egypt, Rome, Greece, India, and China.
And in most ancient texts, mention of garlic was not tied to the culinary arts, but more on medical applications. It was in ancient Chinese and Japanese texts that there was mention of garlic used as a food preservative.
Also, bread making has been considered one of the focal points to the birth of many ancient civilizations. As a matter of fact, historians theorize that bread making is at least 30,000 years.
According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, definite traces of crushed starch in prehistoric tools such as mortar and pestles have been discovered. This means that man has been making and consuming some version of bread even before the beginning of recorded history.
So since bread is one of the oldest food in human history, and garlic has been cultivated in the south of Europe for thousands of years, it was only inevitable that the two would be brought together in some form or fashion. Don’t you think?
After all, eating is one activity that all humans on earth share… and it can’t be denied that human innovation certainly extends to the palate.